“The overall goal is to eat fewer animal products in general so that we can reduce the amount of protein from animal sources and increase the amount of protein from plant sources.” (Super Immunity by Dr. Fuhrman). When we eat plant protein we also get a powerful package of other nutrients. When we eat animal proteins we get little else and we’ve used up a lot of calories.
Adults need about 50 grams of protein per day. Most green vegetables are 50% protein. One serving of vegetable soup with beans is about 20 grams of protein, the same amount of protein in a hamburger, but without all the fat, hormones, and antibiotics. Finding the nutrient value in plant foods is fun and surprising.: Self Nutrition Data: Know What You Eat
Animal proteins are acidic and require more acid in the stomach to digest than plant foods. A high animal protein meal requires an alkaline base to neutralize it, and this alkaline is found in bones and teeth. Leaching calcium from bones to reduce acid in our bodies caused by animal proteins can lead to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and calcium deposits in the breast and other tissue. Vegetable proteins are alkaline and will not cause this acid tide in the blood or leach calcium from bones. That is why it is wiser not to depend solely on dairy for our calcium intake.
A small amount of grass-fed animal products once or twice a week can keep us from feeling “deprived”. Grass-fed animals provide food that is omega-balanced, including butter and milk. This omega balance is key to good health (plant sources would be walnuts and flax seeds), and is not found in animals eating processed meal (soy and corn). Tumors can feed on hormones but organically farmed animals are free from hormones and daily antibiotics.
Cutting back on animal protein is healthful to the Earth. Since God has given us the honor of being the caretakers for our planet, reducing the number of non-organic farms that feed animals processed grains is in Earth’s best interest. Animals fed processed grains like soy and corn produce unnecessary methane gas (burps and farts). This methane is a known cause of air pollution and more damaging than the total pollution from our cars. Changing from an animal-based diet to a plant-based one is a personal way of helping the Earth and her people.
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. Genesis 1:29